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Peter Mac news bannerIt is with deep sadness that the United Reformed Church (URC) announces the death of the Revd Peter McIntosh, a former Moderator of its General Assembly and Director of The Windermere Centre.

Mr McIntosh began his ministerial career at Byker Presbyterian Church/Priory Green URC in Newcastle in 1968.

He also ministered at St Andrew’s Dartford in 1976, Crossway Church in Elephant and Castle in 1979 and Christchurch in East Dulwich in 1985 before serving as Southern Synod Training Officer from 1985-1990.

Read more: The Revd Peter McIntosh, 1938-2021

Greenbelt group imageWith a programme packed full of fun events for people young and old, and of all faiths and none to enjoy, the United Reformed Church (URC) at Greenbelt is now entering its fifth successful year. 

Each year, thousands of people attend the festival held at Boughton House, Kettering, which has been running since 1974, and the URC’s presence is enjoyed by many.

This year, the URC aims to provide a bigger and better experience for its visitors and will, for the first time, be running a café.

Read more: Have fun volunteering with the URC at the Greenbelt festival

Nuclear ban news banner FINALThe United Nations’ Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the first legally binding international agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons with the ultimate goal being their total elimination, comes into force on 22 January.

The Joint Public Issues Team – representing the United Reformed Church, the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church in Britain, and the Church of Scotland – along with 23 faith leaders from around England, Scotland and Wales issues this joint statement:

Read more: Faith communities welcome nuclear weapons treaty coming into force

chorley news bannerChorley United Reformed Church (URC) received three new church members via Zoom at their Covenant Service on 3 January.

Apart from a brief respite in the autumn, the church has been offering an online act of worship on YouTube since last March.

The reception of three new members was called a “great joy” to the church.

Read more: Chorley URC grows through lockdown

Edinburgh city credit Robert V Ruggiero UnsplashIt is clear that the new variant of the virus has caused a rapid and alarming increase in coronavirus infections.

The United Reformed Church (URC) National Synod of Scotland is sad to learn that some church leaders are threatening legal action if the Scottish government does not reverse its decision to close places of worship during the current phase of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read more: URC challenges call to reopen places of worship in Scotland

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